An uncommon 1897 early example of a George H. Walker aquatint view of Boston Harbor. Centered on South Boston, the view depicts Boston Harbor from East Boston and Nahant eastward as far as Squantum and Slate Island. The bustling harbor is illustrated full of ships and ferries traveling between various islands and cities. Islands throughout the harbor are illustrated, including Thompson's Island, Castle Island, Spectacle Island, Governors Island, Deer Island, Lovell's Island, Calf Island, and Peodock's Island. Various lighthouses are illustrated and labeled. Among these are Boston Light, Bug Light, and Minots Ledge Light. Ferry routes are indicated. Such views were sold and given to customers of various Boston-based ferry services.
Publication HistoryThis view was created and published by George H. Walker in 1897.
George Hiram Walker (January 4, 1852 - November 14, 1927) was a Boston based publisher of books, views, and maps active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Springfield, Vermont, Walker started his life as a dry goods merchant but developed an active interest in publishing during the early 1870s. Walker began publishing in 1878 when he partnered with an unknown New York Firm. Two years later, Walker brought the operation in house by partnering with his brother, Oscar W. Walker, in the opening of a lithography studio at 81 Milk Street, Boston. Shortly thereafter the firm expanded to new offices at 160 Tremont Street, Boston. The Walker brothers produced a large corpus of works, most of which focused on travel and tourism in New England. Walker also established the Walker-Gordon Milk Laboratory with Dr. Thomas Morgan Rotch and Gustave Gordon. This interesting investment was based on the premise that infant deaths could be avoided by providing higher quality milk. The company eventually became a great success, producing a high-quality cow milk that closely resembled human breast milk. In the process the Walker-Gordon laboratory developed many of the dairy health standards that are still with us today. Walker married Irene L. Loud on March 25, 1885. Learn More...
Average. Exhibits wear along original fold lines. Areas of infill along original fold lines and on left near Winthrop. Light soiling. Damage near insertion point.